By Felix Salmon
October 14, 2010

" data-share-img="" data-share="twitter,facebook,linkedin,reddit,google" data-share-count="true">

Bloomberg TV host: “Are you buying? Adding more gold to the collection?” Mr T: “The highest weight I carry is 45lbs” — YouTube

When asked if their food was not biodegradable, McDonald’s said: ‘This is an outlandish claim and is completely false.’ — Daily Mail

States probe mortgage industry practices — Reuters

“I know Arianna doesn’t like it,” Obama said lightly. “But I like taupe.” — NYT


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

Mold depends on moisture as well as the nature of the substrate. I suspect the McDonald’s meal dehydrated before decomposition could really set in. You can mummify anything if you dehydrate it sufficiently.

Posted by TFF | Report as abusive

When do you sleep Felix?

Posted by lemarin | Report as abusive

Hello TFF, this experiemnt has been done many, many times before. One of them , which has been on youtube for years, was a controlled experiment where the food was placed in glass containers and observed. ao&feature=related

Posted by hsvkitty | Report as abusive

Interesting, hsvkitty, especially the two-week results. The Big Mac shows surprisingly little decay.

I’m less surprised by the permanent french fries.

Posted by TFF | Report as abusive